LG today launched its top of the range smartphone LG Optimus 3D or LG P920, the first 3D mobile phone, that prides itself with enabling 3D view without need for special glasses. LG Optimus 3D was announced in January, unveiled at Mobile world congress in February and has now been launched in the local market which spans the whole of East Africa. The device is running on Android 2.3.5 and the technical person at LG told me that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is in the oven. This is a phone targeted at the high end consumer as they have several other products in the market, these being Optimus Me, Optimus One and Optimus Black retailing at Kes 15,000, 20,000 and 40,000 respectively.
The phone prides itself with”Tri-dual” technology, these being dual channel, dual core and dual memory to enhance best usability in terms of speed where there is multitasking and graphics intensive games like the 3D ones. That is the selling point with the claim that dual-channel configuration makes data transfer take place simultaneously between the dual core and dual memory as opposed to the single channel technology phones.
The LG Optimus 3D is retailing at Kshs 65000 at Safaricom shops all over the country and is only available locally in one colour, black. Globally its also available in peach colour. With the LG Optimus 3D you can watch 3D youtube videos straight on the browser, but once you connect to a 3D tv you will ofcourse require special glasses to see the effect.
On the developer front, LG is working with Google but is still in planning stages with the Marketing Manager Mr Ngure promising of better things to come in terms of developer collaborations.